“It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there.”Our League of Legends team, fresh off securing promotion from the Challenger Series, caused quite a stir in the community by winning the Spring Split in their debut season in LCS. But questions remained as to whether the team would be able to replicate that success in the Summer split, the harder and the more prestigious of the two.
With the additions of Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez – widely touted as the best bot lane in the west -, and then Ki “Expect” Dae-han’s move to the starting lineup, the team finished at the top of the standings at the end of the Split, and, in doing so, automatically secured a spot at the World Championship, the biggest event of the year.
The semi-final match, against Unicorns of Love, went our way as expected (by looking at the difference in seeding), but it did go to four games and most of them were neck-and-neck, which showed that we would have to work hard to fend off the threat of Splyce, one of the most in-form teams in the world. And our players certainly lived up to the challenge!
In front of a packed TAURON Arena, in Krakow, our team took the lead in the series in convincing fashion. Luka “Perkz” Perković surprised everyone with his Ekko pick, but it was the Koreans who stole the show, as Ki “Expect” Dae-han and Kang-yun “Trick” Kim delivered strong performances on Gangplank and Gragas, respectively, to seal the deal after 41 minutes.
Game two followed the same pattern as the first, with neither side building a significant advantage in the early stages. Around the 25-minute mark, Splyce took control of proceedings and snowballed their lead to equalise the series at 1-1, with Martin “Wunder” Hansen earning praise for his 5/0/15 performance on Shen.
Splyce tried to carry that momentum into game three, and they managed to build a small early lead, but we quickly got back into the game. With Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez saving his teammates countless times on Tahm Kench, Splyce were left frustrated as they struggled to find kills, and by the 25th minute we already enjoyed a 10k gold lead, which the Danes would not be able to recover from.
Game four was a one-way street from the start, and after building a solid early lead, we were already looking to close it out after 20 minutes. Splyce still showed great fighting spirit and managed to defend hold off a push from around the 30-minute mark, but there was nothing they could do to prevent us from taking down the Nexus.
— lolesports (@lolesports) 28 de agosto de 2016
You can find the VODs from the match by following the links below:
Congratulations to the entire team for winning the Summer Split, especially to Ki “Expect” Dae-han, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez, who won their first LCS title! The players will now set their sights on the World Championship and on the three-week-long bootcamp in Korea ahead of the event!